Stolen Baby Jesus returned to store
An Ace Hardware in Mesquite, Nev., that lost an important part of its outdoor Nativity set last year found the little figurine lying in a wheelbarrow in front of the store, according to an article in the Desert Valley Times.
No one is sure who took the Baby Jesus figurine from its manger on Christmas night in 2010, or who returned it on Dec. 4 of this year. But store manager Nick Janneck said the statue shows no sign of damage or neglect.
Mary, Joseph and the other life-size figures in the custom-made Nativity scene are all screwed securely into the ground. Janneck said he will put the Baby Jesus figure out only during daylight hours now.
Hardware stores show sales gains
The latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows retailers classified as hardware stores — NAICS 44413 — showed improvement in October.
The Census Bureau’s Monthly Retail Trade Report shows the unadjusted sales for hardware stores in October was $1.731 billion, up 10.8% from $1.562 billion in October 2010.
Compared to the prior month, November sales also increased. The month to month gain was 5.4%.
November is the latest month of available data for retail businesses in the 44413 classification. Earlier this week, the Advance Monthly Retail Trade Report showed an increase of 0.2% for total U.S. retail and food services sales for November.
Stores keep up with the times in Massachusetts
An article in the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram describes ongoing improvements at several stores, including "one of the oldest hardware stores in the country."
Elwood Adams Hardware, which dates back to 1782, is successfully leveraging its store architectural details to connect with customers and the community.
The article also points to innovations at Aubochon Hardware, the 122-store chain based in Westminster.